Central Railway zone

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Central Railway
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8-Central Railway
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Dates of operation 1951; 66 years ago (1951)–Present
Predecessor Great Indian Peninsula Railway, Scindia State Railway, Dholpur Railway & others
Track gauge Mixed
Electrification Yes
Headquarters Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai

Central Railway is one of the 16 zones of Indian Railways.[1] Its headquarters is in Mumbai at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. It has the distinction of operating first passenger railway line in India, which opened from Mumbai to Thane on 16 April 1853.

History[edit]

The railway zone was formed on 5 November 1951 by grouping several government-owned railways, including the Great Indian Peninsula Railway, the Scindia State Railway of the former princely state of Gwalior, Nizam State Railway, Wardha Coal State Railway and the Dholpur Railways.[2][3]

The Central Railway zone formerly included large parts of Madhya Pradesh and part of southern Uttar Pradesh, which made it the largest railway zone in India in terms of area, track mileage and staff. These areas became the new West Central Railway zone in April 2003.

The Central Railway General Manager's official residence (erstwhile GIPR agent's residence) 'Glenogle'-a Grade II-B heritage bungalow, is located on Bhausaheb Hire Marg(Mount Pleasant Road), adjacent to the Maharashtra Chief minister's official residence 'Varsha' in Malabar Hill, Mumbai.

Routes[edit]

Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai One of the busiest Railway Stations in India. It is also a World Heritage Site
  • Main/Long Routes of Central Railway
    • Mumbai CST – Kalyan – kasara - Manmad – Jalgaon – Bhusawal – Akola – Wardha – Nagpur
    • Mumbai CST – Kalyan –Ulhasnagar-Neral –Karjat - Lonavala – Pune
    • Pune – Daund – Solapur – Wadi - Tandur
    • Pune – Satara – Sangli – Miraj – Kolhapur
    • Miraj – Pandharpur – Kurduvadi -Barshi – Osmanabad – Latur – Latur Road
    • Balharshah - majri jn - Sevagram(formerly Wardha East Jn.) - Nagpur - Amla - Itarsi
  • Shorter/Branch routes of Central Railway are
    • Mumbai CST-Vadala-King Circle
    • Mumbai CST-Vadala-Kurla-Vashi-Panvel
    • Thane-Vashi
    • Daund-Manmad
    • Bhusawal-Khandwa
    • Amaravati - Narkher
    • Diva-Panvel-Roha
    • Panvel-Karjat
    • Khopoli-Karjat
    • Diva-Bhiwandi Road-Vasai Road
    • Badnera-Amravati
    • Daund-Baramati
    • Puntamba-Shirdi
    • Chalisgaon-Dhule
    • Pachora-Jamner (NG)
    • Pulgaon-Arvi (NG)
    • Murtijapur-Yavatml (NG)
    • Murtijapur-Achalapur (NG)
    • Jalamb-Khamgaon
    • majri jn - pimpalkutti

Utilization[edit]

High[edit]

  • Mumbai-Thane-Kalyan-Karjat/Kasara sub-urban section
  • Mumbai-Bhusawal-Nagpur
  • Mumbai-Bhusawal-Khandwa
  • Itarsi-Nagpur-Sevagram-Majri-Balharshah
  • Mumbai-Pune-Daund-Solapur-Wadi
  • Daund-Manmad

Low[edit]

  • Puntamba-Sai nagar Shirdi
  • Pune-Miraj
  • Miraj-Latur
  • Majri Jn-Nanded

Connections[edit]

Central railway zone connects to other Zones of Indian railways as at:

Western Railway zone[edit]

Mumbai WR railway division[edit]
  • Vasai Road Jn (WR), Dadar, Mahim Jn
  • Jalgaon Jn

Konkan Railway[edit]

  • Roha

South Central Railway zone[edit]

Secunderabad railway division[edit]
  • Balharshah to
  • Wadi Jn
Guntakal railway division[edit]
  • Wadi Jn
Nanded railway division[edit]
  • Pimpalkutti
  • Akola Jn
  • Latur Road
  • Khandwa Jn
  • Mamnad Jn
  • Parbhani Jn

South Western Railway zone[edit]

Hubli railway division[edit]
  • Hotgi Jn
  • Miraj Jn

Western Central Railway zone[edit]

Bhopal division[edit]
  • Itarsi Jn
  • Khandwa Jn

South East Central Railway zone[edit]

Nagpur SEC railway division[edit]
  • Nagpur Jn
  • Chhindwara

Neral Matheran Line[edit]

Constructed in 1907, the narrow gauge Matheran line connects Neral on the Mumbai-Pune main line with the hill station of Matheran in the Western Ghats, east of Mumbai. Neral is linked to Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus by frequent suburban electric trains. Steam engines have now been replaced by diesel locomotives but it is still a pleasurable journey. The route is noted for its sharp curves.

Organisation[edit]

The central railway covers a large part of the state of Maharashtra and small part of Southern Madhya Pradesh and North-Eastern Karnataka. It is organized into five divisions: Mumbai CST, Bhusawal, Nagpur, Solapur and Pune. The details of the network divisionwise are as follows[4]

Central Railway Headquarters.
Central Railway Headquarters at CST.

Mumbai Division[edit]

  • Mumbai CST - Dadar - Kurla - Thane
    • Mumbai CST – Wadala Road- Kurla (Harbour Line)
      • Wadala – Kings Circle – Mahim Jn(excl.)
    • Kurla – Trombay(Goods)
    • Kurla – Mankhurd – Vashi – Nerul – Belapur – Panvel
    • Thane-Panvel (Trans Harbour line)
      • Thane – Airoli – Sanpada (Trans Harbour Line)
      • Thane - Airoli – Nerul (Trans Harbour Line)
  • Thane - Diva Jn - Kalyan
    • Diva Jn-Panvel-Roha
      • Panvel-Jasai-Uran
        • Jasai-JNPT
    • Diva Jn-Bhiwandi Road-Vasai Road
  • Kalyan Jn-Kasara-Igatpuri (Inclusive)
  • Kalyan Jn-Ulhasnagar-Neral Jn-Karjat Jn-Lonavala (Inclusive)
    • Neral Jn – Matheran (Narrow Gauge)
    • Karjat Jn-Panvel
    • Karjat Jn-Khopoli

Bhusawal Division[edit]

Manmad-indore(project scrapped)

Nagpur Division[edit]

Solapur Division[edit]

Pune Division[edit]

[5]

The number of stations category-wise under these five railway divisions under the Cental Railway Zones are as follows (as of 2008) : A-1 : 7, A : 20, B : 10, C : 80, D : 45, E : 221, F : 93, Total : 476[8]

Ongoing Projects[edit]

New line[edit]

  • Narayandoho – Parli Vaijnath line. (Work under progress) Ahmednagar - Narayandoho completed.
  • Kolhapur - Vaibhavwadi line. (Survey under progress)
  • Latur- Latur Road- Ahmedpur- Nanded (Survey completed, but work yet to start)
  • Latur Road- Jalkot- Mukhed- Biloli- Bodhan (Announced but not yet taken up)
  • Latur- Ausa- Nilanga- Aland- Gulbarga (Survey under progress)

Doubling[edit]

  • Bhigvan- Vakav (Earth work started)
  • Tilati -Gulbarga (Earth work started)
  • Roha-Panvel
  • Daund-Manmad (Announced but not yet taken up)
  • Pune-Miraj (Survey completed, but work yet to start)
  • Kurduwadi- Barshi- Latur- Latur Road (Announced but not yet taken up)

Tripling[edit]

  • Sewagram - Nagpur Jn.

Sixtupling[edit]

  • Mumbai CST - Kalyan

Conversion[edit]

  • Manmad - Daund (Electrification)(Work completed)
  • Pune-Bhigvan (Electrification)(Work completed)
  • Kurduwadi- Barshi- Latur- Latur Road (Electrification) (Announced but not yet taken up)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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